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Embers Parkway land use change expected to top Council agenda

By Staff | Feb 1, 2018

Property owners along Embers Parkway will have an opportunity to share their views on a plan to change the land use for a large abutting property from single family residential to multi-family.

Cape Coral City Council will consider Monday an ordinance to amend the Future Land Use Map from Single-Family Residential (SF) to Multi-Family Residential (MF) for 82.69 acres at 1049 Embers Parkway and 320 Nelson Road.

City staff, in its presentation, will say Cape Coral has long-needed multi-family residential housing, particularly in the northeast and southeast areas as determined in a 2016 analysis. The city needs 1,500 units per year to make up for the shortfall.

The shortfall will be addressed through four strategies: To amend the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use and Development Regulations to provide additional multi-family opportunities; revise the housing element of the Comprehensive Plan, amend the Future Land Use or Zoning maps, and provide financial incentives for construction.

The goal is to provide quality housing, both single and multi-family, to meet the needs to city residents, present and future, regardless of age or income, the presentation states, the presentation documents state.

  • Nearby property owner received letters this week from the city about the proposed Embers Lake Estates.

Fischler Property is selling more than 100 acres near Embers Parkway and Nelson Road and the notification mailing included a photo of what the proposed complex would look like.

On Jan. 10, the Planning & Zoning Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the ordinance. City staff is also recommending approval of the ordinance.

No correspondence or negative feedback regarding the ordinance was previously submitted, leading city officials to believe the land use change would be a non-controversial issue.

Connie Barron, said, said can share their opinions come Monday.

“There’s an opportunity for people to speak at the public hearing. There was previous opportunity to speak at P&Z and to send correspondence in,” Barron said. “That’s why this is something that people thought wouldn’t create much controversy.”

In another ordinance, the city will decide whether to amend the Future Land Use Map from Single Family and Multi-Family by PDP to Commercial/Professional land use for property at the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Embers Parkway.

The 2.4-acre site would allow for commercial development at a major intersection in a sparsely developed area. The site would see utilities in the North 1 Utilities Expansion Project.

Council will also consider an ordinance authorizing the donation of properties to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties for the development of permanent affordable housing for low-income persons. The properties are located at 3006 SW Santa Barbara Place and 4519 Skyline Blvd.

Council is also expected to vote whether to authorize an appropriation of unassigned funds of $7.6 million to be spent on damages and other obligations caused by Hurricane Irma, and approve the removal of vegetative debris from unimproved lots in the city, again related to the storm.

The regular City Council meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall,